"Telstar 19V is the latest in a new generation of satellites operated by Canada’s Telesat, and will be used by Hughes Network Systems to expand broadband satellite services in Brazil and other South American countries. It’ll also enhance broadband coverage for NorthwesTel, a Bell Canada subsidiary, in the far northern territory of Nunavut.
The satellite has a 15-year design life. It weighs 15,600 pounds, making it by some accounts the heaviest commercial telecom satellite ever successfully launched.
SpaceX is to launch yet another satellite in the series, Telstar 18 Vantage, in mid-August. But first, the California-based launch company is due to execute two other missions.
A Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch 10 telecom satellites into low Earth orbit for Iridium from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Wednesday. The spotlight returns to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug. 2, when yet another Falcon 9 is due to launch the Merah Putih satellite for Telkom Indonesia.
The Falcon 9 Block 5 is designed to be capable of far more reuse than SpaceX’s previous Block 4 variant. The new-generation rocket is also an essential part of SpaceX’s plans to start sending astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA by 2019." Yahoo
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